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Palace of Westminster

The Houses of Parliament
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Highlights

  • Meeting place for the UK Parliament (House of Commons & House of Lords)
  • A Victorian Gothic masterpiece 
  • Recognized by its clock face, Big Ben
The Palace of Westminster—also known as the Houses of Parliament—is the oldest royal palace in London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of most recognized buildings in the world (due in large part to its clock face, nicknamed Big Ben). It’s located on the north bank of the River Thames. 

The existing Gothic palace—constructed in 1854 by famous British architect Charles Barry—is the current seat of British government, where the House of Lords and The House of Commons reside. Parts of the palace have, however, been in continuous use since the first half of the 11th century.

Today, you can marvel at the palace for free from the outside, or book a guided tour of the building or nearby Westminster Abbey, where some of Britain’s most famous figures are buried. 
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Access

The closest Underground station to the palace is Westminster, which services the Jubilee, District, and Circle lines.

Address

Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom

Hours

  • Sunday Closed
  • Monday 9AM-5PM
  • Tuesday 9AM-5PM
  • Wednesday 9AM-5PM
  • Thursday 9AM-5PM
  • Friday 9AM-5PM
  • Saturday 12AM-11:30PM

Website

http://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/building/palace/

Fees & Booking Information

General Price

Free
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